What is MSDN Ramp up and what it is for? Need more detail about it. when we should start it. After completion on reading the training kit or before that?
Here is a post I made about MSDN Ramp Up
. That will give you a little information as well as a link to the site.
Basically, if you make it all the way through MSDN Ramp Up, then you can get discounts on Microsoft training for the 70-536, a discount on the training kit, as well as 50% off on the actual exam. However, read what I have to say below before you try to work through MSDN Ramp Up.
If you know either Visual Basic or C#, then you can start right away. The first two sets of assessments are on the language, Visual Basic or C#, and on basic programming in general. The first two assessments may be difficult for the beginner. I found them easy and passed through them without reading their material.
However, I did find some major problems with MSDN Ramp Up. I do not think anyone at Microsoft did any type of quality assessments on it.
- It gives you the option to select your language, Visual Basic or C#, but whichever language you select, the assessments you get will be in the opposite language. For example, if you select C# as the language you want for MSDN Ramp Up, it gives you the assessments in Visual Basic. If you choose Visual Basic, your assessments will be in C#. I think this was a mistake they have that you can say is cross-wired. So, if you sign up, just select the opposite language that you want.
- When you get to the assessment that is more in-line with the 70-536 exam, you will find it is very difficult to pass. Although, the assessment does not indicate what the actual answers are, I do have evidence that several of the answers are incorrectly marked correct. So, even if you are correct in answering the question as it should be, you may still get it wrong. Since there are mistakes in the questions, there is no way to determine which one you need to select to get it correct.
- The training they give before you take the assessment is extremely basic compared to the actual assessments. This is either because MSDN Ramp Up is not a money maker for Microsoft and they just wanted to get something up there real fast without actually doing a good job of it, or they just don't want many people to pass it.
- Many of the questions in MSDN Ramp Up are more difficult than the 70-536 exam. In a way, this is good because you can learn a lot from it if you store the questions in a Word document and do your own research on them in the MSDN libraries or elsewhere. However, if you are a beginner, it can be extremely difficult to figure everything out.
Personally, I liked the difficulty of the questions because if there was something I never came across before, I could learn from it. The problem is, if several of the answers in the assessment are incorrect, which is the case here, then even if you answer the questions correctly, you still may not pass the assessment. If you have a lot of time to waste, then you can keep trying to take the assessments many times and eventually, you may pass.
In conclusion, I would not recommend trying to get through MSDN Ramp Up unless Microsoft fixes all the problems with it. It will just be a waste of your time.
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